Clark Music pianos and the teaching
studios of Dianne Hellert and Kniskern Music House will all be sharing space
at Clifton Park Center (CPC) as of Dec. 1.
CPC owner Don Greene, who plays a
Steinway, came up with the idea when Hellert’s lease was about to expire at one
of his other properties on Route 146. Clark Music’s owner, Hugh Murphy, was
looking for a way to reduce overhead, and the Kniskern Music House was also
ready to move from a building on Route 9. The combined facilities will go by
the names of Clark Music and The Hellert Studio.
Clark Music, founded in 1859, is the
authorized upstate New
York dealership for
Steinway & Sons. Their customers include Proctors Theatre, Saratoga
Performing Arts Center, Troy Music Hall, three dozen colleges, and thousands of families who have bought
Dianne Hellert received her
undergraduate degree from Capital
University, Columbus, Ohio in piano and voice. She received her masters degree from
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, which made a historic purchase of 141 new
Steinway pianos from Clark Music in 2007. She has taught public school music in
grades K-12 for eight years, has maintained her private studios for more than
25 years, is a certified Yamaha music instructor, is currently instructing 70
students, and supervises 12 additional teachers with degrees from Juilliard to
Berklee College of Music.
Private instruction will be available
in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, drums, voice, and musical
theatre. Instrumental rental and sales will be available. Hellert expects to
double her current student enrollment to 400 within one year.